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Barpilar Stairwell - Bar Pilar, Washington, DC

Bar Pilar

4.5
4.5
429 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway and named for his beloved boat, Pilar is a neighborhood restaurant that has been a mainstay of 14th street for over a decade. Executive Chef Clarissa Aguilar helms the kitchen turning out an eclectic menu inspired by local farms and New American cuisine with a focus on seasonal organic produce. The simple yet inventive dishes change frequently, but that’s part of the adventure! Complementing the cooking is a beverage program including cocktails which also rotate seasonally, ranging in taste and complexity from classics like the perfect Old Fashioned to signature concoctions using house made tonics and elixirs. Spanning two floors, Pilar has a variety of spaces to suit your mood. Our first floor bar offers up a casual, comfortable space to down a few drinks in dimly-lit, vintage-inspired surroundings. Head upstairs and you'll find an intimate dining room along with a cozy corner cocktail bar perfect for date night or catching up with old friends.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 265-1751

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Clarissa Aguilar

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Pilar! Our second floor dining room and bar are available for private events ranging from happy hours to private dinners. For more information, send an email to events@pilardc.com

  • Private party contact

    Erin Edwards: (202) 265-1751

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Cross street

    Between S and T

  • Parking details

    There is metered parking available along 14th Street. There is also zoned parking (Zones 1 & 2) on the side streets surrounding the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Metro: U Street / Cardozo (green line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Late Night Find

  • District of Columbia

    Late Night Find

  • District of Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Shanica

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food for brunch. Would highly recommend their french toast

  2. MS

    MariamaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was amazing. The food was great and prices are good. I had the eggs, potatoes and biscuit with gravy and the gravy was so good. Our waiter was great as well and kept the drinks coming. 10/10

  3. KT

    KT36

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food is really really good! Drinks were hit or miss.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    The food was absolutely delicious. Service was okay, the waiter was sassy.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    The place was an eclectic vibe, but the service was terrible. We went for brunch and waited over an hour for our food, with our server telling my friend she misremembered her order that he got wrong. A party with a DJ started a few feet from us and we couldn’t hear each other talk. Overall, this place felt like a bar making a poor attempt to do brunch.

  6. LE

    LauraE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    this was my first time here and we received great service and even better food!!

  7. E

    Eatingout

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Bar Pilar is a narrow bar with an upstairs dining room. We ate downstairs in the bar. It's a bar, so was a little noisy, but were still able to have a nice conversation. The food was fantastic, both in presentation and how it tasted. We had the roasted vegetables, butter chicken and a dumpling appetizer - all wonderful. The cocktails were tasty and had enough alcohol in them to justify the price. I don't think you can go wrong eating here unless you are looking for someplace really quiet. I never went upstairs.

  8. MF

    MichelleF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    General Tso's Chicken was outstanding! Pear salad delicious. Bar Pilar has reliable high quality cocktail and an interesting menu. A go to place of ours

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Went for Valentine’s Date and will for sure be back again. The service was great despite being busy and the food and drink were sensational. Would recommend the General Tso’s chicken or any of the dumplings they have on hand.

  10. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food and ambience! Took a little while but it was also Valentines Day. Also, could the seats have cushions? Thank you!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Went for brunch and asked for an espresso drink. Said they had no espresso machine abs served coffee out of a thermos and charged $3 per cup. Milk was also an inconvenience. They were more attentive to guests ordering mimosas. What kind of restaurant doesn’t have a fresh coffee for brunch. Overall, food and service were very underwhelming.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Brunch! The best place for brunch. The drink special is still the best deal.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Really poor service, clearly understaffed. Our waiter even had the hostess take our order. Food was good but not great, they billed us for the wrong drinks and didn’t seem to want to take care of it

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Adam was great and the whole ambiance was excellent. Really enjoyed the experience

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Was nice to be back here. Food was fantastic and our waiter was great at managing the entire floor by himself.

  16. LK

    LaurenK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Nice ambience. Overall, I recommend just coming for drinks and dining somewhere else. The menu has changed and it doesn’t hit like it used to.

  17. M

    Mina

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Absolutely amazing food. This was such a great brunch spot and I will be returning.

  18. t

    tmfx

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    we had a reservation for 5 people at 8, and weren’t seated til 9. we spent about $150 on drinks waiting for our table and didn’t get a single apology or comp which we expected since all of us have worked in the restaurant industry. we didn’t get our food until 9:30 (1.5 hours after res), and didn’t see our server once after he took our order which we gave him immediately since we were very hungry at that point. we got the wrong bottle of wine and a wrong dish, but didn’t ever have anyone stop by so we could inform. my fiancé eventually wound up going to the bar and paying the full $300+ tab since no one ever came to check on our food or give us the check. not a single thing was comped even though we waited over an hour to be seated for our reservation. we used to *love* bar pilar — we went once a week! — but hadn’t been back since the change in management and won’t go again. we feel taken advantage of financially and disrespected generally.

  19. AG

    AshleyG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    It is not the same place as before. New menu with new owners

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    Server forgot to put order in after we even asked multiple times. Took an hour and a half for someone else to notice and offer us free drinks.

  21. DW

    DevonW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter and experience. Quick service. Will be back! Curious if the space can be rented for events?

  22. CS

    CarolS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a very nice evening and the food was nothing short of remarkable.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait about 20 minutes for our table even though it was not busy. We also waited about an hour for our food but the lady next to us got hers in 10 minutes.

  24. MP

    MorganP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar Pilar was incredible!!! Stopped in for drinks and a bite to eat with my boyfriend, and we were thoroughly impressed. The General Tso's chicken was possibly the best I've had in my life, and the drinks were phenomenal!! Bar Pilar has a great atmosphere with just enough noise to feel hoppin', but not so much that you can't hear your date. The staff were all extremely friendly, too. I cannot recommend this place highly enough!!

  25. MS

    MattS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    We had a reset at 1pm for an outdoor table and was told “everyone wants to sit outside@ upon arrival. We were offered to wait 15-20 minutes, which turned into almost an hour. When we were asked if we wanted to sit at the bar and have drinks while we waited, we did…but drinks came piecemeal…I ordered a beer in a van and it took 15 minutes. Food was ordered (they comped our bakery assortment…thank you), but food took over an hour to get to us. By the time we were done, it was almost 4pm. I come from the service industry, and I know things are tough right now. The food was actually REALLY GOOD, but service was not up to par. I would come back, but maybe in a month or two and hopefully they will get their service standards a bit better.

  26. CA

    CesarA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was fantastic! But make sure to get the bakers platter!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We arrived on time but we still waiting 45 min for the table for 2. Food took 1 hour to arrive after we ordered.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Dining at Bar Pilar was an exercise in disaster . Despite having reservations, upon arrival, no one was around to seat us. We spoke to multiple members of staff seeking assistance, who only directed us to other staff members. It took 15 minutes to get our table, which was then one clearly intended for a significantly smaller party. When we requested a larger table, we had to wait another 15 minutes to get seated. The waitress, while very sweet, neglected to write down the order, which resulted in multiple mistakes in our orders. We also had to wait roughly an hour for a glass of water, and for the table to be cleared, which caused us to be swarmed with flies the entirety of our meal. The food in itself was entirely unseasoned and we were underwhelmed. 2 out of 10 total - though our rating would be in the negative numbers were it not for the excellent biscuits.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Booked a reservation and requested outside. When I got there there was an open table outside however we were told another party was waiting for that table and another one should be available within 10 minutes. 15 minutes later a table outside is still not available, aside from the one table that is still open. When I inquired about it to the hostess again, she informed me that the customers who reserved that table are currently sitting at the bar. Isn’t it standard for customers whose tables are ready to then bring their drinks from the bar to the table? Ended up having to sit in the back corner upstairs at a table way bigger than necessary with awkward table/barstool height. The food was mediocre at best. We ordered the dumplings to start and the inside filling had no flavor. I ordered the bibimbap for my main and was disappointed— the rice was the majority of the dish and it was mushy and there was not enough meat in it either. I’d go back solely for a drink, but would not come back for the food.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food1service1ambience1

    Waited nearly an hour for service and did not receive

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was tasty and varied. Staff were very friendly

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Met my love for early drinks

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience1

    AC was broken 🥴

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Terrible service. Spent 2.5 here because we couldn’t get the waiter to service our table. Overpriced food that wasn’t with it. Very disappointed to have chosen here for our special occasion.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and drinks- brisket was unreal and HUGE!!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    There was one server upstairs serving the whole floor. The drinks and food took forever and my food was missed

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    We have loved Bar Pilar every time we’ve gone, except this time. Had to wait 40 mins for our table that we had reservations for. Service was incredibly slow. One person’s order was wrong and it took them 20 minutes to correct the issue. We appreciate the rotating menu BP does, but the menu, which is typically “modern American fare,” this time was predominantly Chinese oriented. We’ll still go back probably in the future but it won’t be on the top of our list.

  38. GD

    GregD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Food was cold. Had to send back. Server was not attentive.

  39. BS

    BradleyS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and amazing service

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great Drinks and Ambience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Pilar is rated 4.5 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between S and T

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is metered parking available along 14th Street. There is also zoned parking (Zones 1 & 2) on the side streets surrounding the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Metro: U Street / Cardozo (green line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Clarissa Aguilar

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 265-1751

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Pilar! Our second floor dining room and bar are available for private events ranging from happy hours to private dinners. For more information, send an email to events@pilardc.com

  • Private party contact

    Erin Edwards: (202) 265-1751

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